May 20th marks the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, which preceded the signing of the more famous Declaration by more than a year. Charlotte celebrates this date every year. It is the day of the year that you’re most likely to see horses and people in Colonial garb in Uptown Charlotte. (It’s mainly the people wearing the colonial garb, not the horses.) Here’s what’s going on Friday, May 19th, and Saturday, May 20th, 2017, as well an early celebration that took place Saturday, May 6th.
Captain Jack’s Historic Bike Ride (already took place)
Captain Jack’s Historic Bike Ride: Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 2 p.m. In the Summer of 1775, Captain James Jack rode 450 miles to deliver the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence to Congress. In honor of his historic ride, we invite you to participate in a historic bike ride from the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery to various historical locations around Charlotte relevant to Captain Jack. The ride will be leaving from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and finishing there with a social upon return.
Annual Meck Dec Day Commemoration Uptown
Annual Meck Dec Day commemoration: Friday, May 19th, 2017: At 12 p.m., gather at the square (Trade and Tryon.) You’ll see people with muskets and cannon, and fife and drum. Politicians and other VIPs will give addresses and there will be a reading of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence followed by traditional toasts with Huzzahs! and musket and cannon fire.
After the speeches and salutes everyone will parade to Settlers Cemetery to honor Col. Thomas Polk, the founder of Charlotte and Mecklenburg with a wreath and more salutes.
Meck Dec Day Family Fun Day at Charlotte Museum of History
Charlotte Museum of History annual celebration: Saturday, May 20th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. Celebrate the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and Resolves. Make your very own MeckDec book, create animals of the Backcountry and other crafts. Take a free tour of the Hezekiah Alexander Home Site and learn about his leadership in the years that led to the American Revolution. Free cake and lemonade. Free, but please follow above link and register.
Meck Dec Day at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Meck Dec Day at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery features features Capt. Jack Pilsner on tap and live music. A portion of all proceeds (food & drink) will benefit Pints for Patriots of the North Carolina USO. 4150 Yancey Road.
More about Meck Dec Day
Some other Meck Dec related sites
- Charlotte Liberty Walk has a marker for the singing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.
- The Captain Jack Statue, part of the Trail of History, is on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, at CPCC.
- The Matheson Bridge Mural, by William Puckett, visually depicts the story of the Meck Dec. You’ll find it under the Matheson Street Bridge, over North Davidson Street.